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Xsizor

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Arguably just as important as any new carrier is the carrier-based fighter that is intended to operate from it. Currently, the standard Indian Navy carrier fighter is the MiG-29K/KUB, which operates from the Vikramaditya. India ordered 45 examples of these multi-role jets in two batches. However, a successor is being sought under the
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(MRCBF) competition, which calls for 57 new jets. These had been expected to operate from both Vikrant and the next indigenous carrier, although the elevator dimensions on the Vikrant could make that very difficult. In fact, it could mean that the Russian jet is the only feasible option for the Vikrant, which would potentially

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Petrolicious88

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Arguably just as important as any new carrier is the carrier-based fighter that is intended to operate from it. Currently, the standard Indian Navy carrier fighter is the MiG-29K/KUB, which operates from the Vikramaditya. India ordered 45 examples of these multi-role jets in two batches. However, a successor is being sought under the
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(MRCBF) competition, which calls for 57 new jets. These had been expected to operate from both Vikrant and the next indigenous carrier, although the elevator dimensions on the Vikrant could make that very difficult. In fact, it could mean that the Russian jet is the only feasible option for the Vikrant, which would potentially

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thought they going to purchase and operate the Hornets
 

Xsizor

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thought they going to purchase and operate the Hornets
The first issue would be money. The second would be the issues with supplies, pilots and logistics for an entirely foreign aircraft type.

The third would be the carrier itself ( the dimensions of elevator such like). India's future carrier will be bigger ( as big as China's carrier type 001A).

The fourth is that India has plans for its own carrier fighter jet ( twin engined like Hornets). So I seriously doubt the Hornet purchase ever going to materialize. If at all it does, it'd be only a benefit for China in a long term strategic sense as Indian industry would further struggle.
 

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